Melange E' Trois and a Little Summer Solstice Dinner

Reblogger Barbara Todaro
Services for Real Estate Pros with RE/MAX Executive Realty 104763

This is a dinner menu that will make you want to eat that dinner right now!!!

Original content by Myrl Jeffcoat DRE# 00827565

Last Saturday evening, some of my family gathered to celebrate Summer Solstice.  There was Roast Beast accompanied with a Red Wine and Cherry Reduction Sauce. Whipped Potatoes were served with Butter, Sour Cream, Shredded White Cheddar and Chopped Green Onions.  We also had Fresh Green Beans with Bacon, Onion, Red Bell Pepper and Slivered Almonds!  We had Mead along with several other beverages for drink, and Rosemary Parmesan Biscuits.

For desert I created a dish I labeled, Melange E' Trois.  This Melange is similar to the "Belle Melange" (translated to 'Beautiful Mess'), which was featured in the Hector Elonzo movie, "Tortilla Soup."  My version has three alterations, however.  I used only Brioche (one loaf of Lemon Brioche and one loaf of Chocolate Swirl).   I also added a little Rum to the Buttery Brown Sugar mixture.  I used Golden Raisins and Chopped Dates, instead of Dried Cranberries.  

After our tummies were full, and or mood delightful, we observed a ritual of burning a little incense, while each of us in our circle of chairs provided a wish for the coming year - All in honor of our Celtic roots!

The recipe for Melange E' Trois is below the following pictures.


Melange E’ Trois

  •          1 loaf of Cinnamon Brioche, cut into 1” cubes
  •          1 loaf of Chocolate Swirl Brioche, cut into 1” cubes
  •          1 Stick butter
  •          1 cup brown sugar
  •          ¼ cup Rum (optional)
  •          1 ½ cup Water (I substituted Apple Juice)
  •          1 ½ teaspoons ground cinnamon
  •          ½ teaspoon nutmeg
  •          3 large Apples (I used Gala apples)
  •          1 cup chopped walnuts
  •          ¾ cup Golden Raisins and/or Dates
  •          ½ pound cream cheese, chilled and cut into 1” cubes


Preheat oven to 350 F.

In a saucepan, melt butter, and add brioche cubes.  Stir evenly to coat.

Spread the cubes on a baking sheet and bake until crisp and lightly brown. Watch carefully. Brioche tends to brown much faster than regular bread.  After removing from the oven, increase temperature to 400 degrees.  

In a saucepan, I combined the brown sugar and apple juice.  Bring to a boil. Remove from the heat. Stir in the cinnamon, nutmeg and rum.  Set aside.

In a large mixing bowl, combine the apples, walnuts, golden raisins and/or dates, cream cheese and toasted brioche cubes. Drizzle with the sugar syrup and mix to evenly distribute. Transfer the mixture to the prepared pan.

Bake uncovered, stirring occasionally for 15 minutes. 

Then bake without stirring, until the top is golden brown and crusty and the liquid is almost gone – approximately 10 minutes.

Serve warm with whipped cream or vanilla ice cream.


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Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes

Good morning Barbara - thanks for re blogging Myrl's feast.  I would eat every bit of that put in front of me!

Jun 26, 2019 05:36 AM #1
Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

Hello Barbara,  I am going to try this next week (grocery shopping done for this week)  from the picture it looks and sounds good.


Jun 26, 2019 06:37 AM #2
Jane Chaulklin-Schott
TEAMCONNECT REALTY - (407) 394-9766 - Orlando, FL
TeamConnect Luxury Homes - Orlando, Florida, 32836

Barbara Todaro, everything on CHEF Myrl Jeffcoat' s menu looks  scrumptious!!
Looks like photos and menu from a Five Star Dining Room.  Now, as I sit in my home office with my morning healthy shake, I will try to erase the menu and photos from my mind.  Hahaha ~  And yet, something inside me says that I will still be wishing I had that dinner before me now. Soooo yummy, huh?!?

Jun 26, 2019 07:19 AM #3
Myrl Jeffcoat
GreatWest Realty - Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Real Estate Agent

Thanks for the reblog, Barbara!  I'm impressed that you think that is a good menu, considering how health conscious you are. . .LOL

Jun 26, 2019 07:31 AM #4
Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Franklin, MA
Marketing Agent for The Todaro Team

Myrl Jeffcoat I admire many dishes that I see.... I would never eat any of them.... I eat very clean and that's how I enjoy eating....  I'm envious of those who can eat whatever they want.... 

Jun 26, 2019 08:25 AM #5
Wanda Kubat-Nerdin - Wanda Can!
Prado Real Estate South - St. George, UT
So Utah Residential, Referral & Relocation REALTOR

That plate looks delicious Barbara and is making my mouth water...thanks for sharing Myrl Jeffcoat's menu and recipe!

Jun 26, 2019 11:21 AM #6
Sally K. & David L. Hanson
EXP Realty 414-525-0563 - Brookfield, WI
WI Realtors - Luxury - Divorce

Hmmm....looks wonderful to me...and will put in our recipe file !

Jun 26, 2019 11:29 AM #7
Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Franklin, MA
Marketing Agent for The Todaro Team

Wanda Kubat-Nerdin - Wanda Can! I was impressed when I saw it....

Sally K. & David L. Hanson if I had a recipe file, I'd do that, too....

Jun 26, 2019 12:09 PM #8
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

Thank you very much, Barbara, for sharing this excellent reblog selection.

Jun 26, 2019 01:00 PM #9
Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Franklin, MA
Marketing Agent for The Todaro Team

Roy Kelley maybe Chef Dolores would like that recipe....

Jun 26, 2019 01:26 PM #10
James Dray
Fathom Realty - Rogers, AR
Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results

Morning Barbara.

My goodness that looks soooo good.  Sounds like a lot of work, however I hardly ever cook anymore.

Jun 27, 2019 01:30 AM #11
George Souto
George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages - Middletown, CT
Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert

Barbara that is a meal I would really enjoy.  Myrl knows how to put a feast together.

Jun 27, 2019 03:36 PM #12
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